As part of a series of regional consultations organised within the framework of the progress study on Youth, Peace and Security, mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015), a European consultation on Youth, Peace and Security will be organised by the European External Action Service, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, the Anna Lindh Foundation, the European Youth Forum and the European Partnership for Children and Youth in Peacebuilding (the United Network of Young Peacebuilders, World Vision International and Search for Common Ground).
The consultation will take place in Brussels, Belgium from 25 to 27 September 2017, and will be part of a global effort to bolster action on the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 that calls for a greater role for young people in strengthening peace and security. The discussions from various regional consultations, and other discussions with young people throughout the world, will feed into the progress study highlighting the positive contribution of young people to peacebuilding. The progress study will be presented to the UN Security Council and Member States in early 2018. The European consultation in Brussels will comprise of strategic peer to peer discussions among 40 selected young people from the region.
The Youth, Peace and Security European Regional Consultation is open to young people between the age of 15 and 29 who are active, enthusiastic and invested in promoting peace and security across the European Union, the countries of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and the Western Balkans (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo) to help discuss and orient the role of youth in sustaining peace in their communities and countries. All expenses, including travel and accommodation, of the selected participants will be provided for.
The selection of participants will be made based on motivation and experience, with the majority coming from youth-led organisations. The organisers will ensure balance in terms of age, gender, geography and diversity among selected participants. All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, 2 August 2017 at 6 pm (Brussels time).